france

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by dorry, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. dorry

    dorry Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    For the first time I am going to visit France and perhaps travel from Calais down the coast stopping in aires along the coast, could anyone advise on the safety and also if the book AIres in france is worth obtaining . I have a fiat ducato chasson flash 07. many thanks dorry
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,126
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Funny you should say that, look ^^^^ up, a costs next to nothing book that will improve your odds. I'm just waiting for mine to arrive. Never too old to learn.

    But basically you are safe especially if you use your head.


    Oops - just remembered it's an ebook - I've had the download authorisation for days.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010
  3. neilmac

    neilmac Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    UK, France & Spain
    How far down the coast are you going?

    Normandy? Brittany? Down the Atlantic? If you can be more specific with your plans I'm sure you'll get plenty of helpful advice :Smile:

    Regarding safety - no problem at all in our experience, but we only stay in town/village/countryside/beachside aires NOT the motorway ones which should be avoided.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010
  4. OKKIMMY

    OKKIMMY Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2009
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    LONDON
    Very dumb question but what are Aires? :Blush: Also desperately seeking new insurance quote and euro breakdown cover... if anyone can advise? :thumb::Eeek::Doh::Rofl1:
     
  5. dellwood33

    dellwood33 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    3,449
    Likes Received:
    887
    Location:
    Newcastle
  6. alivan

    alivan Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    UK and Europe
    Stopping in France

    Hello, I was robbed in France wile asleep: Laptop, Bum Bag with Phone, Passport, Wallet with over 2,000 euro inside. They get in from the front doors. Buy a trailer strap with winch, attach front door handals and winch tight. If they open the lock they cannot pull open the door. Cost about £5.
     
  7. Zepp

    Zepp Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    604
    Likes Received:
    742
    Location:
    Portugal For Now
    Hi Dorry
    We went to France for the first time in the motorhome last year we had a great time we stayed on local Town / Village aires .

    Its common sense if you get a bad feeling about a aire move and try to stay off the toll roads ..............the the aires book was a great help to us well worth the cost


    Paul & Lynne
     
  8. Toffs-G

    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Messages:
    606
    Likes Received:
    110
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Aires are basically municipal or local village provided stopovers for motorhomes

    Some are just parkng places, others have water and waste facilties, some free some nominal charge

    We use Safeguard has UK and Continental breakdown:thumb:
     
  9. Heyupluv

    Heyupluv Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,862
    Likes Received:
    1,585
    Location:
    France,
    ALL the AIRES in France................YES:thumb:
     
  10. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    1,144
    Likes Received:
    101
    Location:
    Yorkshire Dales
    We spent most of last summer in France, almost every region. We spent a month at Christmas traveling around southern England. I can tell you honestly that we felt a lot safer in France than England. The only place we encountered anything resembling the menacing behavior you would expect here was when wild camping on the cliffs in Fecamp (northern France) where there was a big rock concert and some youths turned up in boy racer cars, made a bit of a racket for half an hour then buggered off. We never bothered with any more security than the standard door locks. A lot of Aires and places we were at, bikes were left out unlocked and I even left the keys in the scooter one night (accidentally). Most places just felt safe where we were.

    We tend to stay to small picturesque villages and I wouldn’t adopt this policy in say Paris or any of the big cities as they will have the same issues as our cities but rural and coastal France just feels safe and is. I noticed as well that the youths over there seem to have much more respect for their elders and even when we came across groups of teenagers or youngsters in supped up Corsas (yes they have them too) they were very courteous to us which took me by surprise at first.

    Can’t wait to go back there. In fact I would happily just spend my days bumbling around France.
     
  11. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,126
    Location:
    Macclesfield

    Well you need a copy of the security guide - Cost about £6
     
  12. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,126
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    No it's not.

    THE dumb question is the one folk are too up tight to ask !!


    Anyway, aires are wot I used to 'ave on me 'ed.
     
  13. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,126
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    That's how it should be :)

    But if you get near do pop into Italy and have a look. Viva la difference.
     
  14. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    The word 'aire' simply means 'area' or place..

    To clarify, there are four types of Aires in France

    [​IMG] Pick nick Aires, as found on Autoroutes ..
    Aires sur service, can be used by all vehicles, cars, caravans, lorries etc ..
    Do not use for over night stops due to high risk of break in and theft

    [​IMG] Motorhome Aires ... Aires de Service camping car
    For Motorhomes ONLY .. no caravans, cars or lorries.
    will have water and dumping, some with electric, many free, others with a small charge, typically less than 10 euro

    [​IMG] . Parking Aires ....Aires de Parking Vérifiées
    Motorhome parking, no services.

    [​IMG] Camping Aires .... Aires sur Campings
    Municipal sites for motorhomes, tents and caravans


    As already said the, aire de service camping car aires are generally very safe and offer the best value for money when touring France, we have used them for many years and often for months at a time when it is quiet.

    Some are little more than car parks for motor homes with little appeal other than a safe over night stop, but many are set by a river, lake or by a beach which you could easily mistake for camping sites, with grassy areas and plenty of space..


    For Example ...

    [​IMG]

    Have a look at these two albums of just a few of the fabulous aires we have stayed on ..

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/members/scotjimland-albums-plougonvelin-aire.html

    and

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/members/scotjimland-albums-french-aires.html

    So next time someone asks about an 'aire' ask them what type they are asking about .. :Wink:








    There is some confusion when

    *
    ASV.ov2 (Aires de Services Vérifiées)
    *
    ACV.ov2 (Aires sur Campings Vérifiées)
    *
    APV.ov2 (Aires de Parking Vérifiées)
    *
    AAV.ov2 (Aires sur Autoroutes Vérifiées)
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010
  15. ronald4874

    ronald4874 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    177
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Poole Dorset
    France visits.

    Dorry
    Don't go short on safety and security no matter what others say. Robbers are a curse in all countries, including France. Make sure you have doors straps, safe -- bolted through the chassis for all money, passports and van spare keys--, large s/s dog bowl to be left outside door and when van is left for visits etc, make sure all blinds are down. Never ever carry passports and excess money about in bags on your person, 75% of people are robbed that way.
    If robbers have success they will return over and over again so don't let other motorhome people down in not providing good security.
    By doing the simple things you will feel confident in yourself, especially at night. By the way, don't listen to the old worn out 'Chestnut' gassing--- its not possible.
    Enjoy your trip to France we all love the place and most of us return over and over again to this motorhome friendly country.
    By the way, what time of the year are you going?.
    Ron W
     
Loading...
Similar Threads
  1. Shrimp64
    Replies:
    18
    Views:
    706
  2. Jasz
    Replies:
    33
    Views:
    1,050
  3. Bromleyxphil
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    612
  4. stephen paul day
    Replies:
    78
    Views:
    5,043
  5. Microchip
    Replies:
    11
    Views:
    620

Share This Page